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From the home of the Hagstrom - The Viking lands, my good friend Anders Karlsson sent these two pics of his beautiful Viking "like Elvis Played" he's owned since 1971, describing it:
...with the gold hardware, triple binding and the rectangular fretboard inlays. Was also verified by the Musikborsen dealer who looked it up from the serial number #732489. It´s one of a thousand Viking-IIs built 67 and 68. In my case 1967.
... and a Fender Strat he's converted into a travel guitar. Hey this is as brave as it is cool! More pics promised soon... - ED: Well done Anders, thanks for your contribution
Now lets do justice to the beautiful workmanship on this
Pics of his Hagstrom 310 amp are here
Now hold on... bear with me... my boy plays a Fender Acoustic
so how can I not acknowledge the fender pictured above? So, on this
Stratocastic occasion, here's another small rule
They are great pics anyway... enough, just get on with it Dave...
And another Canadian entry (GOOD GUYS) (delayed posting on site - purely my fault)
Don Alexander sent me pics of his "Seven Times" Viking Transition on 30th
It does seem these were originally sent to Canada exclusively. When I go to Sweden I hope to confirm this suspicion. A well loved example here, S-hole transition model that differs from Anders above, in that it has the later enhanced electrics and pickups like my own example... which came from ... Canada !
Great story too Don. Thanks very much for sending your contribution.
I recently came across, and purchased, a Hagstrom Viking. It is sunburst, has a headstock decal, and has pickups that resemble the ones shown on the 12-string shown on the website. It has dot inlays, bound neck and body, the classic Hagstrom trapeze tailpiece with logo, three bolt neck, and a serial number of 693986. In the neck pocket, the number "67" is written in pencil. The strange story is I bought this from a pawn broker who is located right across the street from what used to be a music store that sold Hagstrom instruments, and Vox amps. In 1967 or 1968 I bought a Hagstrom I bass and a Vox Westminster amp from this store and remember this guitar hanging on the wall. The pawn broker told me he was selling this guitar for a widow who's husband had purchased this instrument from the store across the street years ago before they were married. This guitar I now have HAS to be the same one I saw in that store. The guy who bought it was a member of a rival local band. I found out who he was and it was true, it's the same guitar. It's the only one of that particular model the music store ever received. Talk about WEIRD......Mike from Illinois.
Now, Matthew Twist
from the UK has an unusual... er... 'twist' (apologies Matthew).... on
1) Look at that lovely wood-grain - you can almost hear it
This is a lovely example - I wonder what wood it is - pity its
not Bubinga, however, moving on... the letter states this was made in February
1970. This contradicts the (well thumbed) serial number book some of us have.
The book lists batch 731 as being 1968 with a run of 1000.
The more I look at this guitar the more I like it, but then you may have noticed my preference for the natural look of wood in some of the guitars in the collection. There's less chance to hide problems true, and Matthew has shown me all the details, but don't you just love it? (Go and lie down in a dark room Dave)
The Hagstrom UK collection Viking can be found HERE
[email@example.com] sent this pic of his Hi-Fi, Speakers, oh yes and a
Scandi... and what's that amp lurking out of shot?
10/10/01: And Here they are!
Swede The Hagstrom UK Super Swede can be found HERE
Rob M. wrote:
Since sending this pic mid
2001, you can now find this guitar somewhere on a
From Jim Wilcox - A pair of Hagstroms vintage 1976. I am on the right.
That one had been hanging over a heater in Western Pennsylvania when I bought it. The glue started powdering away between the two halves of the neck. In 1978, Karl Hagstrom Sr. pro-rated it and made a custom Swede/SuperSwede (with Jimmy D’Aquisto as his US agent to inspect the thing). I had swapped out the machines for Schallers, so he put Hagstrom-engraved Schallers on mine. I like the old stop-piece better (more Les Paul-ish), but the Flour de Li (sp?) is a little nicer than the harp. The new one has an even thinner and even wider neck. Love it. Still have it. Jim Wilcox Thanks Jim - you haven't changed a bit... and I still look like David Cassidy... LOL!!!
Corvette / Condor
From: firstname.lastname@example.org To: webstrom
Subject: info Hi, My name is Mike I live in British
Columbia Canada. I am looking for information about my Hagstrom. I bought it
used in 1974 it has a few small nicks in the body, I don't play it at all in
fact it has the same Fender super light sstrings I put on when I bought it. I am
trying to find how old it is and what kind of value it might have? The serial
number is 689182, I am attaching a picture of it that I took yesterday. I would
appreciate any information you might be able to give me. Thank you in advance.
Yours Truly, Mike Williams.
It's a really well looked after Corvette. (Click the pic)
Looking quickly in the records, I can't tell which year it was made from the serial number given. Not a worry by any means as the records have known to be wrong! Looking at other models too this specific batch isn't listed but as they are not strictly chronological, I would say it was 1966-7. A quick scout around the circle of friends (thanks Rob) and I was able to outline the variety of prices these go for. This one might have been pretty high on any list.
This was also known as the Condor after
a glitch with Gretch - (Not General Motors!)
Hagstrom once mixed the texts for the Corvette and the Impala in an advert and thus confused a lot of people. These three-pickup guitars are Corvettes in most countries but in the US they became Condors.
The Impala is a two pick-up model, and never had to change
Ton De Vreede from the Netherlands sent this superb 1961 P90 Hagstrom picture.
All that glitters certainly ISGold here.
A lovely example.
No further details supplied - but the picture speaks for itself.
(Click the picture to get bigger view)
Check out the HAGSTROM ELECTRICS Page for more examples of glitter and Goya too!
Greg Van at a Gig 24th March 2002 with a Wine Red HIIN
There are a few of these exquisite masterpieces around. However Very few. When you consider the value of a New Yorker from the D'Aquisto workshop, let alone a Fender New Yorker copy, you can understand why these are commanding a higher value - going up by the day. Unlike a Fender model, there will never be any more D'Aquisto Jimmy 'Oval Hole' or 'F Hole' guitars...
Edward Conaty [ mailto:email@example.com
] Sent: Friday, June 07, 2002 5:23 AM Subject: James Gang of 2
From: Peter Hellberg Tuesday, September 03, 2002
To see some other Jimmy pictures and stories you can follow
Why different? Look closely...
Look at the body.
The original pictures show a blemish free colour.
Anyway, to the final point:
Look at the David Bowie picture link on our
Hagstrom Fans page
Let us know what you think eh? (See e-mail address at bottom
of any page)
Hello, I've attached two pictures of my Hagstrom III. I've never seen one exactly like it until now, with the rounded, instead of the beveled edges. It appears to be the same as the one in the picture of David Bowie on your site. I would be proud to see it on your site, which is excellent. Cheers, Ed Brady
Thank you Ed, and what superb condition!
Update: Yep! The same production run as the Kent (Mr.D.Bowie
style). The batch was half Kent half Hagstrom. This one is a literal
combination! As you see Ed maintains the following which just reinforces some of
the minor queries from the batch listings. I'd stake some on this being the
Bowie Kent model, with a Hagstrom branded neck! Good job he wants to keep it eh?
Hi David, I don't think the neck was ever changed. I bought it from an older gentleman who bought it new for his son in the sixties. He told me his son played it for only a few months and it sat in a closet ever since. I could see why he didn't play it, since the action was a mile high. I had no problem adjusting the neck, but I had to shave more than an eighth of an inch ( three centimeters) off of the bottom of the bridge. I'm surprised Hagstrom shipped it like that. It was nearly unplayable. The neck is perfect and the vinyl is in great condition, but the plastic is cracked in several places, most notably at the bridge, which was screwed down as tight as possible. Once I got it in shape, I fell in love with it, until I bought the Hagstrom III, which has become my favorite. Here's a picture of my 12 string and the Swede I just sold on eBay. Thanks for all the good info. Cheers, Ed
Hmmm - must try a 12 solid... So we did
all the fuss about - It's a Swede eh?
... and now to celebrate 20,000 hits on the Homepage - Visitors Page 2 !
Please note: although I will try
my best for the occasional request, this site is not an official price record
site, and if I can help, any valuations are still difficult as there are silly
prices from time to time, very variable quality, and
it all depends on the person who wants to sell and the
person who wants to buy. I am no dealer, and
therefore can not provide a firm expectation considering the above. As Kwinn
There is no price list any more!
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